Accident abroad claims

Being injured in an accident abroad can be traumatic. It can be confusing determining whether you should use a local or an Irish solicitor, and language barriers can add to the stress*.

However, if you were not to blame for the accident abroad, you may be able to claim for the injuries suffered and costs incurred. To enquire about your entitlement to claim, contact your trusted solicitor to discuss the process and answer any questions that you may have.

Accident and illness abroad claims guide

If you have been injured in an accident or suffered an illness abroad, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Here is a guide to help you with some of the questions you may have:

  • How to claim damages for an accident or illness abroad: To start your claim, all you have to do is contact a personal injuries solicitor for an initial consultation. They will discuss the circumstances surrounding your accident or illness and advise you on whether or not you can claim
  • Appearing in court abroad: When an accident or illness occurs in another country, you can often make the damages claim in Ireland, especially if the organisation involved is based here or in the EU. However, most claims are settled without the need for a personal court attendance, even after formal legal proceedings have been issued. 
  • Time to make a claim: Whereas in Ireland  you may have two or more years from the date of the accident to make a claim, time periods may be shorter for accidents that occur in other countries, so consult your solicitor as soon as possible.
  • Time to settle a claim: Claims may take months or years, depending on such factors as the complexity of the case, the level of damages involved, and whether the other party accepts responsibility.

Common Types of Accident or Injury Whilst Abroad 

There is array of ways in which a person can suffer an accident resulting in injury whilst abroad. Below we take a look at some of the more common accident types and how to bring a claim for injuries arising from an accident.

You may take legal action after  you have been involved in an accident or injured because of somebody else’s actions or negligence*.

Personal injury claims generally involve:

  • A plaintiff or claimant  – this is the person making the claim (you).
  • A defendant – the person(s) you are making the claim against.
  • Your solicitor 
  • PIAB – Personal Injury Assessment Board (often called the Injuries Board). PIAB assesses most  personal injury claims before any further steps are considered.

What Are the Common Injuries Sustained In Accidents?

For every type of accident, whether a car crash, a slip and fall, or a product related injury, there is a wide array of injury types that can occur. Every part of the body is susceptible to different forms of injury and the forces applied upon the body when an accident occurs will dictate the kind of injury as well as the severity.

As a personal injury law firm with over 50 years experience representing injured parties Ireland we understand the nature of various types of injuries. We are able to articulate the effects they have on a client’s life, and the types of medical care required, in the context of a personal injury case.

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